Dr. KlaperMoving Medicine Forward: An Update on our Work and Progress.

Earlier this year, I was able to give my presentation, What I Wish I Had Learned in Medical School About Nutrition, at 10 medical schools and hospitals in North America:
  • University of Michigan Medical School – Ann Arbor, MI
  • Beaumont Medical College – Rochester, MI
  • Wright State University – Akron, OH
  • McGill University College of Medicine – Montreal, QB
  • University of Rochester School of Medicine – Rochester, NY
  • University of Washington School of Medicine – Seattle, WA
  • Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine – Seattle, WA
  • Bouchet School of Naturopathic Medicine – Vancouver, BC
  • Escuela de Medicina y Ciencias de la Salud – Guadalajara, MX
  • Natividad Medical Center – Salinas, CA
The presentations were very well received and seem to have the hoped-for effects. Here are what two students who attended my lectures, one in Florida, one in Canada, had to say:

Matthew Nagra, graduate of the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine

Zac Burns, 3rd year medical student, Nova Southeastern School of Osteopathic Medicine

Next Speaking Engagements Being Planned!

Since launching the Moving Medicine Forward webpage, we have received inquiries and speaking requests from medical students and faculty from 38 different institutions. Here are just some of the schools and institutions that we’ll be contacting to arrange either an in-person presentation or an electronic “appearance” via Zoom or other platform:
  • Medical College of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, WI
  • Western University – Monmouth, OR
  • University of Miami School of Medicine – Miami, FL
  • Queens School of Medicine – Kingston, Ontario
  • Northeast Ohio Medical University – Rootstown, OH
  • Temple University – Philadelphia, PA    
  • Palmer College of Chiropractic – Davenport, IA and Port Orange, FL
  • Rutgers New Jersey Medical School – New Brunswick, NJ
  • Marshall School of Medicine – Huntington, WV 
  • Washington University – St. Louis, MO
  • Campbell School Osteopathic Medicine – Lillington, NC
  • Lone Star Residency – Conroe, TX
  • Baylor College of Medicine – Houston, TX
  • Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention – Stanford, CA
Our list contains many more schools and it is growing every week. We hope to be nearing 100 by the end of year and to reach many, if not most of them — either in person or electronically — over the next 24 to 36 months.

We need your help to bring about this Nutritional Awakening of Western medicine. The events at the medical schools are arranged by and for the local Student Nutrition Interest Group. They reserve the lecture hall and put up the notices around campus; they send out the e-blasts, they arrange the healthy vegan snacks and they provide usher/hosting services for either an afternoon or evening event. The audiences have usually been in the 150 to 250 attendees, mostly medical students, but always a strong representation of nurses, pharmacists, dentists, paramedics, and faculty members from the medical, surgical and pediatric departments. I invite them to record my presentation so they can play it later for others. 

After the lecture, MMF will follow-up with each institution and encourage the formation of “Nutrition Interest Groups,” which will meet regularly to discuss nutrition-based clinical science and explore food-based healing strategies. In conjunction with recognized nutrition authorities, MMF will present regular electronic workshops on food-based approaches for various medical conditions and will encourage each school to include applied clinical nutrition during all four years of the standard professional school curriculum.

Financial realities of students: The members of the Student Nutrition Interest Groups are enthusiastic and thirsty for knowledge, but they are, well, students. They usually have little or no funds for air travel or to pay an honorarium. Each medical school visit – with travel, accommodations, meals, etc. – costs us an average of $2,000. Therefore, to pay for plane tickets, meals and accommodations, and to help keep the MMF enterprise alive and well, we rely on your support.

The MMF team — including our partners and colleagues at PlantPure Communities — are excited about the future (more about the MMF team in the next e-blast). The times are ripe for the transformation of our disease-oriented medical model that ignores nutrition into one that recognizes that a person’s diet and lifestyle are the key factors in both creating disease and restoring health. With your support, we will keep Moving Medicine Forward. 

In service and appreciation,

Michael Klaper, M.D.
Moving Medicine Forward 
Program Director
VERY IMPORTANTLY - If you know a student or faculty member at a school of medicine (allopathic, osteopathic, naturopathic, or chiropractic, or schools of nursing, dentistry or related health sciences) who you think might want to help host a live event or electronic appearance, please click HERE.

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